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09.02Hammer Horde - New Singer Announced
07.01Ancient Rites - Sign To Massacre Records, Announce New Album
30.12Kivimetsän Druidi - Announce New EP And Booking Deal
17.11Arch Enemy - 2015 Latin American Tour Confirmed
09.10HammerFall - Drummer Leaves, Stefan Elmgren Returns Temporarily
02.10Gwydion - Going On Indefinite Hiatus
08.05Blackthorn - Recording New Album
09.09Megadeth - New Album Artwork And Tracklisting Revealed
10.07Motörhead - Former Guitarist Würzel Reportedly Dead At 61
14.06Mortal Sin - New Album Details Revealed
13.06Therion - Introduce New Female Vocalist
11.06Maquinaria Festival - Megadeth Confirmed As Headliner
19.03Megadeth - Frontman Collapses With Kidney Stone Agony
14.03Vicious Rumors - New Song Online, European Tour Dates
13.03Iron Maiden - Japanese Shows Cancelled

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Hammer Horde - New Singer Announced

After a long wait, black metallers Hammer Horde have recently revealed the newest addition to the family. Their new vocalist is Brock Bickelhaupt! He will replace Tom Sturniolo. You can expect to hear their new album that follows 2012's Vinlander in the near future. The record should be called Fed To The Wolves.


Band profile: Hammer Horde
Posted: 09.02.2015 by Dominus | Comments (0)

Ancient Rites - Sign To Massacre Records, Announce New Album

Ancient Rites, the quartet hailing from Belgium and The Netherlands formed back in the 80s, has joined the Massacre Records family. During the band's history, Ancient Rites overcame several blows of fate, including band members passing away or bad experiences with promoters and labels. But all this didn't stop the band from continuing their journey. The group is returning and their upcoming sixth studio album Laguz marks a new chapter in the band's history and is the first since 2006.


Band profile: Ancient Rites
Posted: 07.01.2015 by Dominus | Comments (5)

Kivimetsän Druidi - Announce New EP And Booking Deal

The Finnish symphonic/fantasy metal band Kivimetsän Druidi have signed a deal on domestic bookings with the Finnish booking agency Northern Solitude Entertainment. The female-fronted sextet shall play a few selected shows during spring of 2015. Kivimetsän Druidi are known for their full-length albums Shadowheart (Century Media, 2008) and Betrayal, Justice, Revenge (Century Media, 2010). After 4 years of anticipation, the band is finally breaking the silence with a new EP release.


Band profile: Kivimetsän Druidi
Posted: 30.12.2014 by Dominus | Comments (3)

Arch Enemy - 2015 Latin American Tour Confirmed

Arch Enemy will bring their world tour for War Eternal to Latin America in January/February 2015. The melodic death metallers recently announced a string of tour dates for Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Ecuador. Arch Enemy will arrive to South America after blasting stages in North America and Europe. Get ready!


Band profile: Arch Enemy
Posted: 17.11.2014 by Dominus | Comments (1)

HammerFall - Drummer Leaves, Stefan Elmgren Returns Temporarily

Swedish power metallers HammerFall, who released the new album (r)Evolution this year, are facing line-up changes. The band made a major announcement today. Drummer Anders Johansson is leaving the band after 15 years. The band cites musical differences. David Wallin of Pain fame will replace him. Stefan Elmgren is also returning to the band temporarily to replace bassist Fredrik Larsson while he is away on parental leave.


Band profile: HammerFall
Posted: 09.10.2014 by Dominus | Comments (3)

Gwydion - Going On Indefinite Hiatus

It's a sad day for Gwydion fans. The Portuguese folk metallers have decided to "take an indefinite leave of absence." Their last album Veteran, which was nominated for Best Folk / Pagan / Viking Metal Album on Metal Storm Awards 2013, could well be their swansong. The band started back in 1995 and released three albums in total. They could disband in the future but for now, it's just a break.


Band profile: Gwydion
Posted: 02.10.2014 by Dominus | Comments (3)

Blackthorn - Recording New Album

Russian symphonic metallers Blackthorn are recording a new album to follow Codex Archaos. Recently, the band shared an HD studio report featuring the guitar and bass recordings. This means you can have a taste of the new material. Watch it here.


Band profile: Blackthorn
Posted: 08.05.2014 by Dominus | Comments (3)

Megadeth - New Album Artwork And Tracklisting Revealed

Megadeth have revealed their new album Th1rt3en tracklist and artwork, which was once again created by artist John Lorenzi, who worked on the last two Megadeth studio albums, 2007's United Abominations and 2009's Endgame, as well as the band's 2007 box set, Warchest. You can pre-order the album now at this location, and get a limited-edition version that comes on double picture disc vinyl. The new single, "Public Enemy No. 1" is now available for streaming over here.


Band profile: Megadeth
Posted: 09.09.2011 by Dominus | Comments (45)

Motörhead - Former Guitarist Würzel Reportedly Dead At 61

According to a posting on the Facebook page of Tim Butcher - Lemmy's longtime bass technician - former Motörhead guitarist Michael "Würzel" Burston died yesterday (Saturday, July 9). The cause of death was not revealed. Würzel was 61 years old.

Before joining Motörhead in 1984, Burston had been a corporal in the Army, serving in Germany and Ireland with the 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, and had played in the bands Bastard and Warfare. Joining another relatively unknown guitarist, Phil Campbell, they played together at a Motörhead audition, and both were taken on.

Burston acquired the nickname Würzel while in the Army, being compared to the character Worzel Gummidge due to his scarecrow-style hair and bumpkin-like manner. Lemmy reportedly demanded that Würzel add an umlaut to the "U" in his name, for "heavy metal effect."


Band profile: Motörhead
Posted: 10.07.2011 by Dominus | Comments (18)

Mortal Sin - New Album Details Revealed

Long-running Australian thrashers Mortal Sin are in the final stages of preparation for their forthcoming album, Psychology Of Death.

The album is currently being mixed with producer/engineer Darren "jENK" Jenkins and marks the recording debut of guitarist Ryan Huthnance, who replaced Mick Sultana.

Check out a seven-minute album teaser below.


Band profile: Mortal Sin
Posted: 14.06.2011 by Dominus | Comments (2)

Therion - Introduce New Female Vocalist

Therion mainman Christofer Johnsson has announced the addition of vocalist Linnéa Vikström - the hot blond daughter of vocalist Thomas Vikström. She'll be replacing tour vocalist Katarina Lilja, who left the band back in March in order "to sit at home with the boyfriend and just have a regular job."

Johnsson wrote the following: "We are hereby proud to announce the person who will be filling the infernal shoes of Kat (the Evil One) for the upcoming Therion tour activities. It will be no less than Linnéa Vikström, the daughter of Thomas. She sang on Sitra Ahra and enchanted many listeners with her charming and diverse presence. From being the cute little spawn of Thomas, she has now been growing to a woman and she is ready to help us carry the flag of Therion around the world.


Band profile: Therion
Posted: 13.06.2011 by Dominus | Comments (14)

Maquinaria Festival - Megadeth Confirmed As Headliner

Megadeth is confirmed to headline the Maquinaria Festival, taking place at Club Hipico in Santiago, Chile on Saturday, November 12th. The rest of the line-up for the festival is yet to be announced.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 15th. The Maquinaria Festival is said to be an event which gathers different musical styles and brings the grandeur of European festivals of music, mixing different forms of art and consciousness.


Band profile: Megadeth
Event: Maquinaria Festival
Posted: 11.06.2011 by Dominus | Comments (3)

Megadeth - Frontman Collapses With Kidney Stone Agony

Earlier this week, Megadeth only managed to play a six-song set in St. Petersburg, Russia. Apparently frontman Dave Mustaine collapsed (that was a lie, he didn't collapse, he only passed out for a while, our apologies for any confusion, ed.) before the European Carnage Tour show with Slayer (that other band full of old men), and was found to be suffering the effects of a kidney stone. Medical experts wanted to send him to the hospital immediately, but Mustaine insisted on playing at least a short show.

Mustaine issued the following long-winded message explaining the events: "Last night I was getting ready for the concert, and two hours before the show, I started to feel like I had a hernia, or more like I had been hit in the groin.


Band profile: Megadeth
Event: Slayer + Megadeth: European Carnage Tour
Posted: 19.03.2011 by Dominus | Comments (60)

Vicious Rumors - New Song Online, European Tour Dates

"Pearl Of Wisdom", a brand-new track from US power/thrash metal band Vicious Rumors, has been made available for streaming over at this location.

Another new track, called "Razorback Blade", is still streaming at Decibel Magazine.

"Pearl Of Wisdom" comes off the band's upcoming new album Razorback Killers, which will be released on March 25th in Germany, on March 28th in Europe and on April 5th in North America through SPV/Steamhammer. More album details were previously reported over here.

In other news, Vicious Rumors has announced the following string of European tour dates:

April 29 - D-Lauda/Königshofen, Germany - Keep It True Festival
May 01 - Uster, Switzerland - Rock City


Band profile: Vicious Rumors
Posted: 14.03.2011 by Dominus | Comments (0)

Iron Maiden - Japanese Shows Cancelled

Following the cancellation of Saturday, March 12th show, Iron Maiden's show scheduled at Saitama Super Arena on Sunday, March 13th is now cancelled as well, due to obvious safety concerns towards the audience, the artist, and the venue, caused by the earthquake of Friday, March 11th. All tickets will be refunded.

The band were flying into Tokyo from Seoul, South Korea following their show there. On approaching Narita Airport Tokyo, Ed Force One was advised to reroute to Nagoya as the earthquake/tsunami had just become apparent. The band stayed the night in Nagoya and following the announcement of the cancellation are preparing to fly out.

Steve Harris has the following message on behalf of the band to the fans in Japan and all who have been affected by this terrible disaster: "We are extremely saddened by the calamitous events of the last day or so which led to the cancellation or our two shows in Tokyo.


Band profile: Iron Maiden
Event: Iron Maiden: The Final Frontier World Tour
Posted: 13.03.2011 by Dominus | Comments (12)

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